Stay Simple and Elegant: A Minimalist Approach to Fitness

 Although it has been around for centuries, minimalism has become extremely popular during the past years. This concept is all about understanding what is essential in your life and eliminating the rest. It teaches us that less is more and shows us how to enjoy simple things in life. Minimalism is present not only in the housing industry, but also in technology, beauty and design. 

 In fashion this principle is all about a small selection of colors and a bare minimum amount of clothing in your wardrobe (yikes!). Interestingly, the same principles that can be applied to decluttering our closets can be applied to fitness. If you are trying to lose weight or simply get in shape, you are probably overwhelmed by all the training packages, gadgets, supplements, and various items that you don’t really need. If you are interested in taking another path and adopting the minimalistic approach to fitness, here are several guidelines you may find useful.

Find the program you really enjoy

Minimalism is all about focusing on essential things in your life and doing things you really love. Therefore, it is important that you find an activity that works for you. If you hate swimming, stop going to the pool all the time! You may not be a swimmer, but you might find running, Pilates, or Zumba classes to be a lot of fun. Experiment with different sports and disciplines and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy and gives you the motivation to keep moving. 
Buy only the essentials

If you know you will never use them, don’t waste money on fancy gadgets, expensive gym memberships or equipment. In order to adopt a minimalistic approach to fitness as well as fashion, instead of flashy, neon-colored shoes opt for a simpler option. Check out Scandinavian bloggers for inspiration and find minimalist running shoes that are comfortable, but stylish and elegant as well. 

Focus on health, not looks

Stop comparing yourself to others, because you will never be satisfied with your appearance. There will always be someone who is thinner, stronger, or more attractive than you by focusing on that you will ruin your confidence. Keep in mind that exercising is not about the way you look, but how you feel. Minimalism teaches us to focus on important things in life, and your health is definitely more important than how you look in your gym shorts. Buying tons of cute and colorful leggings, sweatshirts and tops can make you lose focus on what is truly important for you in your life. Therefore, instead of obsessing over the way you look while you are running, pay attention to your well-being. 

Eat simple foods

Following a strict diet can be overwhelming and stressful, and during those couple of weeks you turn into a person obsessed with calories and foods you need to avoid. After a while you do lose some weight, but you also end up nervous, miserable and hungry. Since you miss all those tasty treats like crazy, you start binge eating and soon you gain even more pounds than you have lost. Instead of following a strict diet try changing your lifestyle. Eat less junk food and more whole foods, include more fruit and fresh vegetables into your nutrition, eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you feel full. When you switch to processed food to a whole food diet, you’ll realize that you feel more satiated after eating. 

Minimalism provides many benefits such as less stress, more time and a greater appreciation for the things that truly matter in your life. By choosing to engage in activities you find enjoyable, eating well in a simple way and focusing on your health, instead of on flashy outfits you will improve your fitness, the minimalist way.
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